Membership Categories

There are three (3) ways to be entitled to practice law in Nunavut:

1)     Regular Membership

Regular membership allows lawyers to actively practice law in the Territory.

2)     Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC)

A Restricted Appearance Certificate (“RAC”) only allows lawyers to actively practice law in the Territory on up to three (3) legal matters for the period of one year.

3)     Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA)

The Canadian Legal Advisor (“CLA”) Certificate is for lawyers with a Bachelor of Civil Law. CLA lawyers are restricted to giving legal advice and doing legal work on:

a) the law of Quebec,
b) matters under federal jurisdiction, and
c) matters involving public international law.

International Credentials

The Law Society of Nunavut recognizes that foreign lawyers and Canadian citizens with a foreign Law Degree may wish to apply for regular membership in the Law Society of Nunavut.

An applicant will be deemed eligible to make application for regular membership in the Law Society of Nunavut, upon receipt of a completed report from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), which confirms that:

  • The Applicant’s academic training experience and qualifications are equivalent to those of a person who has graduated from a recognized Canadian Common Law LL.B. program; and
  • The Applicant is given the opportunity to access the bar admission process.

In connection with decisions about Restricted Appearance Certificates or regular membership, the Executive and the Membership and Admissions Committees may require reasonable updating information or other confirmation about the status of the applicant’s NCA application, or his/her standing in another jurisdiction.